First Leap is an entrepreneurial readiness program for startup and emerging creative businesses coordinated by Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) and Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA).
Whether you identify as an artist, maker, designer, or craftsperson, creative entrepreneurs often possess sophisticated skills when it comes to making. But the business skills needed to turn a passion into a livelihood often remain underdeveloped. First Leap will provide participants the foundations to become business owners ready to pursue growth investments and realize financial resilience.
Through an application process, the Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) will select 12 emerging creative entrepreneurs and guide them through an intensive, yet supportive, 7-week program. Participants will leave with increased confidence and an actionable business plan outlined in a class presentation and the Live Plan online tool. They will also be eligible to apply for an emerging grant program.